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NATION IN BRIEF: Concerns about economy end early Dow rally

Concerns about economy end early Dow rally

NEW YORK -- Leave it to the economy to stop a debt-deal rally.

The Dow Jones industrial average started the day up nearly 140 points after President Barack Obama and congressional leaders said Sunday that a deal had been reached to raise the nation's borrowing limit and avoid a possible debt default.

But another sign that the economy has slowed erased those early gains and took the Dow down as many as 145 points by midday.

The Dow ended the day with a loss of 10.75 points. It was the seventh day of declines for the blue-chip index.

Many investors remained concerned about the direction of the economy. A report from the Institute of Supply Management said that U.S. manufacturing barely grew last month. And on Friday, the government said that so far this year the economy has grown at its slowest pace since the recession ended in June 2009.

Man gets 15 years for DUI crash that killed two nuns

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A Florida man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for an alcohol-related crash that left two nuns dead and a third nun injured.

A judge in Florida's Lee County sentenced 62-year-old Michael Hickman on Monday after he pleaded guilty to two DUI manslaughter counts.

Authorities said the three nuns were heading back to Cape Coral from a conference in Cocoa Beach in September 2009 when Hickman's vehicle turned into their path at an intersection. Two of the women -- 80-year-old Karinne O'Malley and 84-year-old Ann McFall -- were killed in the collision in North Fort Myers.

Prosecutors to seek death in 'Grim Sleeper' trial

LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors said Monday they will seek the death penalty against a man accused of the ''Grim Sleeper'' serial killings of prostitutes and other women who were shot, strangled or both over several decades in Los Angeles.

Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman told a court her office will ask a jury for the state's harshest sentence if 58-year-old Lonnie Franklin Jr. is convicted.

Franklin has pleaded not guilty to the murders of 10 women and one count of attempted murder.

Suspect in kids' deaths pleads guilty in gun case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A 25-year-old mother whose decomposing body was found in a South Florida landfill may have been the star witness against an ex-boyfriend suspected of killing her and her two children, whose bodies were found in luggage floating in a canal, according to recently released court documents.

Prosecutors hoped Felicia Brown would cement their 2010 case against Clem Beauchamp, who had faced unrelated charges of illegally possessing a handgun and homemade silencer -- but she disappeared. Beauchamp has not been charged in the deaths of Brown or her children, but police have said he's the prime suspect.

Beauchamp pleaded guilty to the silencer charge under a plea deal reached Monday, with the state dropping two other weapons-related charges.

Woman fined for spraying police with breast milk

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Ohio woman accused of spraying sheriff's deputies with breast milk has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Thirty-year-old Stephanie Robinette of Westerville pleaded guilty last month to charges of assault and obstruction of official business.

She was sentenced Monday in Delaware Municipal Court and ordered to pay $200 in fines on top of court costs.

Robinette was arrested June 25 by deputies responding to a domestic dispute.

Sheriff's officials in central Ohio's Delaware County said she wouldn't cooperate when deputies tried to remove her from a car. They say she told them she was a breast-feeding mother and then exposed part of her chest, spraying them with milk.

Inspectors pay own way amid FAA impasse

NEW YORK -- Airport safety inspectors nationwide are working without pay and shouldering travel expenses themselves as the Federal Aviation Administration's budget crisis enters a second week, transportation officials said Monday.

The 40 inspectors are in charge of regular checks covering runways, navigation aids and other systems at dozens of airports and airlines. A typical inspector may travel to five airports in a two-week period and rack up thousands of dollars in hotel and airline tickets, FAA administrator Randy Babbitt said Monday.

The inspectors are among 4,000 FAA employees furloughed on July 22 after Congress refused to authorize FAA spending in a dispute over union provisions and subsidies to support airline service at smaller airports. The freeze has forced work to stop on about $2.5 billion in construction projects forced the layoffs of thousands of construction workers, the FAA says.